BATAVIA – A new tattoo and body piercing business will open on Nov. 1 in downtown Batavia.
The Batavia City Council has approved a conditional use permit for tattoo artist Richard Nelson of Batavia to operate his Classic Tattoo shop at 127 State St.
At their Oct. 21 meeting, aldermen also voted to allow up to five tattoo shops in the central business district, up from two.
They had been expected simply to increase the number to three in order to accommodate Nelson’s venture, but decided to give themselves some leeway if any more body art businesses apply.
The two existing tattoo businesses include A Thin Line Tattoo, 9 E. Wilson St., along with Bare Face Brows, located inside the Urban Style Salon & Spa, 3 E. Wilson St.
Bare Face Brows offers microblading, a semi-permanent cosmetic makeup for the eyebrows.
While technically not considered tattooing, businesses offering the microblading technique are grouped with tattoo establishments under Illinois statute.
The council’s action to increase the number of tattoo businesses in the downtown means that two more could apply without the council needing to increase the number again.
Second Ward Alderman Marty Callahan made the motion to increase the number and was seconded by 3rd Ward Alderman Dan Chanzit.
Callahan’s 2nd Ward colleague, Alderman Alan Wolff, noted that the council still retains control over approval of any additional downtown body art businesses with the conditional use permit system, which requires hearings before the Batavia Plan Commission and the council.
Aldermen voted 13-0, with one absent, to approve the conditional use permit and to increase the number of tattoo shops allowed in the downtown.
Nelson said he is working to complete remodeling of the 1,700-square-foot space at 127 State St., which formerly housed Domino’s Pizza.
He eventually hopes to operate three tattooing stations and one piercing station in his business, serving both clients with appointments and walk-in customers.
Nelson has 27 years of experience as a tattoo artist, working at shops in Chicago and Downers Grove before coming to Batavia and honing his craft at A Thin Line Tattoo for several years.
Nelson said he will offer both one-of-a-kind custom designs created for the individual customer, as well as “flash” tattoos, which are common images that can be selected from a book or poster.
Nelson said his shop will be open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.